Chris nearing hurricane strength, watching the remnants of Beryl

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Beryl is the name given to the first named Cabo Verde-style storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

Even though there are no watches or warnings yet.in effect, interests in the Lesser Antilles should watch the hurricane as it might still retain hurricane-strength winds by the time it gets there, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm had been moving at 14 mph for most of Saturday, and tropical storm winds extend outward about 45 miles from its center.

"Due to its very small size, there is greater-than-usual uncertainty in the analysis of Beryl's current intensity".

Beryl is now expected to pass near Dominica and the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique early Monday as a tropical wave and then continue south of Puerto Rico.

"Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Beryl is likely to weaken to a tropical depression after moving across the Lesser Antilles".

A hurricane watch has been issued for the island of Barbados and a tropical storm watch has been posted for Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.

"With Dominica now under a tropical storm warning, I journeyed East to visit the designated shelters in some of the country's most vulnerable communities". Additional watches for other islands could be issued today, the hurricane center said.

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Chris is expected to meander off the Carolina Coast over the next few days, staying over the warm water temperatures of the Gulf Stream.

Forecasters said Beryl appears to have lost some of its organization from Friday afternoon, and they have lowered any expected strengthening.

Colon said it's hard to be sure how the weather system will develop, but residents may reasonably expect sustained winds of about 25 miles per hour, with higher gusts.

"Rainfall from Beryl will be the primary concern from the northern Leeward Islands to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico", said AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sojda.

Tropical Storm Beryl's forecast track by the National Hurricane Center. However, some pockets of moderate to heavy showers and occasional gusty winds are possible.

Some of the islands are still recovering from the devastation wreaked by September's back-to-back powerful hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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